Deivi García's brief big league career has been notable for his unflappable confidence, and the Yankees believe that quality will serve the right-hander well on Tuesday as he becomes the youngest postseason starting pitcher in franchise history.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone will hand the ball to the 21-year-old García for Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Rays at Petco Park. Boone said that right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start Game 3.
“I was hoping for an opportunity to get into in a game like this at this level, especially now in the playoffs,” García said. “Competing is exciting. I’m going to be facing a team that’s very good, very competitive. That level of competition brings out the best in me.”
At 21 years and 140 days, García will be younger than Hall of Famer Whitey Ford (21 years, 356 days) was in Game 4 of the 1950 World Series against the Phillies. García will be the youngest starting pitcher for any team in the postseason since the Dodgers’ Julio Urías (20 years, 69 days) in Game 4 of the 2016 NL Championship Series against the Cubs.
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